A Guide to Nursing Your Holiday Spending Hangover

From Lifehacker

Santa is gone, the decorations are down, and chances are, you’re feeling the sting of your holiday spending. If it crept up on you, your budget is strained, and now you’re worried about your finances, you’ll want to come up with a plan to recover.

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Kick Off the New Year Right! Get Your Financial House in Order

Goodbye 2015. Hello 2016!  With tax season just around the corner, what better gift to give yourself at the end of the Holiday season, than a financial house that is in order!

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Beware of the Santa Scam

CU*Secure favorite, Consumerist, reports on a holiday scam and how to protect yourself from the holiday scam offering handwritten letters from Santa.  Note, there are many legitimate companies that offer this service.  But there are also a bunch of ne’er-do-wells who are just looking to get your money and your personal information.

Read the article and pay attention to the tips at the bottom on how to protect yourself!



Does your business use Microsoft Internet Explorer? If so, this is a must read

We came across some information we thought we should share. Your IT departments are probably already aware, but there is a change that is coming from Microsoft in January 2016.  Most notable is that only IE11 is secure.  All other versions of IE are vulnerable as they are no longer being supported by Microsoft.

Click here to read: Microsoft Support Lifecycle

Click here to read: Every version of Internet Explorer other than IE11 will be vulnerable next month



Please Don’t Fall For The Craigslist Money Order Scam

There are quite a few different internet scams out there, and I have talked about a few of them before. But I keep hearing about people who get ripped off by the “Money Order” scam.

You place an ad on Craigslist to sell your used car. You list a fair price. A person calls you from far away and says they have been looking for just this car. So much so that they do not even need to see it – they will send you the money forthwith and even pay to have the car transported. All you need to do is sit back and cash the money order…

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Reasons to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11

End of support is coming for older versions of Internet Explorer.
Beginning January 12, 2016, only the current version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates. Microsoft recommends that customers running older versions of Internet Explorer upgrade to the most recent version, which is Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.

What are the benefits of upgrading to Internet Explorer 11?
Internet Explorer 11 is a consistent, reliable browser platform for enterprise web apps. Most large organizations have a wide variety of web apps that have evolved over the past 20 years. Only Internet Explorer 11 offers the security, manageability, performance, backward compatibility, and modern standards support that large web app portfolios need. Read more

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Online Safety For Kids

As a parent, keeping your kids safe online is a constant challenge.  It helps to start young at teach your children what information is private and should not be shared.  The Federal Trade Commission has a great web portal with many resources and stories to help education your children.  Especially check out:

Check out the FTC Web Portal.



Five Common Scams Directed at Seniors (and How to Avoid Them)

One of our favorite sites, Lifehacker, has a good article about some common scams targeting senior citizens and some tips on how to avoid them.  Scammers and identity thieves prey on all types, but some of the most vulnerable—and often targeted—by those criminals are senior citizens. From convincing “reverse mortgage” ads to aggressive calls claiming to be from the government, Lifehacker discusses five more common scams directed at seniors, and how to avoid them or help your relatives avoid them.

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Recovering from identity theft is easier with a plan.

The FTC launched a new online checklist that makes it easier for you to recover from identity theft.  These checklists tell you what you should do immediately, and then in the near term.  In addition there are many other valuable resources including sample letters for you to use and warning signs that possibly your identity has been compromised.

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Can You Answer These 3 Financial Questions?

From Time Magazine, a new study finds that young Americans could use some help when it comes to managing their money. Out of these three questions measuring basic financial knowledge, the average respondent could answer only 1.8 correctly—and only a quarter got all three right.

Read the article to see how well you do.



9 Facts About Computer Security That Experts Wish You Knew

Over at Gizmodo, they’ve put together a list of 9 things top computer security experts wish every one just knew about computer security.  Included in the list are the ones we tell you about all the time – have a strong password and keep your computer current with security patches and the latest web browsers.

Read the full list over at Gizmodo.



What Can An ID Thief Do With My Social Security Number?

Your Social Security Number is one of the most important numbers in your life.  And you need to keep it protected.  Everyone knows that.

But what could really happen if a bad guy gets your SSN?  What could they do?  Check out this article on about some of the possible consequences if your Social Security Number falls into the wrong hands.  Make sure you check out the links at the bottom of the article to learn more about Identity Theft.

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